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Thread: new - to me - HQ16 and PcQuilter

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    Hi! I'm experiencing delayed gratification. Bought a used HQ16 and PCquilter in October but had to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait for a chance to bring it to SC from NJ. (Bought it from someone in DE.)

    My DH brought almost everything from NJ to SC in November...he forgot the PCQuilter! I was SOOOOOOO disappointed, but since he gave one of the bays in his 'man cave/garage' to set up the frame and HQ16, I managed to forgive him. The garage, by the way, is heated and air conditioned, is finished and has its' own bathroom, so setting up in the garage is not a hardship.

    Earlier this month, he had to make an emergency trip to NJ for a plumbing job in the 2 family house we rent out - seems none of the plumbers he called wanted to work with 70 year old piping! So, as I kissed him good-bye and told him to drive safely, I reminded him that he had to bring the PCQuilter when he returned to SC. (No, I didn't say "Or else!")

    This time when he returned he had the PCquilter! Yay! Yesterday I took out the manuals and we watched a dvd about setting the system up. Today we put all the parts together and - ta-dum - it works! Well, it 'air quilts', anyway. That was the goal for today, get all the parts working together and "air quilt" for a couple of minutes.

    Now the real fun begins - figuring out how the PCQuilter software works.

    I'm excited about this; am fairly new to quilting and hate to send my projects out to people I don't know. I figure this whole set up will pay for itself 20 - 30 quilts from now...

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    how fun

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    I am so excited for you :D:D:D

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    Yah... happy for you there are some really cool systems out there !!

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    Have fun!

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    Congratulations on the new system! I'm considering the PCQ for my system. I hope you'll post back later and let us know how you like it.

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    Have a Blast its fun !!!

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    Unless you've got little elves that quilt for milk & cookies--it won't take nearly 20-30 quilts for your PC Quilter & HQ 16 to pay for themselves. I bought my setup because the local longarm place wanted $400 for the first quilt I couldn't handle myself. At $200-400 for each bed size quilt, you could easily make the payments on a professional system so I feel absolutely no guilt by investing in my home system and if I really get into quilting & designing and get good at it--all the experience on my little amateur system will transfer to a true longarm system. I'm happy just doing my own thing for now.

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    I love my HQ16 with stitch regulator. Enjoy yours, it is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    Unless you've got little elves that quilt for milk & cookies--it won't take nearly 20-30 quilts for your PC Quilter & HQ 16 to pay for themselves. I bought my setup because the local longarm place wanted $400 for the first quilt I couldn't handle myself. At $200-400 for each bed size quilt, you could easily make the payments on a professional system so I feel absolutely no guilt by investing in my home system and if I really get into quilting & designing and get good at it--all the experience on my little amateur system will transfer to a true longarm system. I'm happy just doing my own thing for now.
    Agreed! That is what convinced me to purchase the system. I had two twin size quilts done at $189 each. Needed to have them done because I can't hand quilt and pushing the quilt sandwich around under my little Brother was KILLING my hands and arms. (I have fibromyalgia, mixed connective tissue disorder and a neuropathy, and all of those ailments were screaming "STOP!" to me.)

    We'll see how much fun I have with it. I'm sure there will be some aggravation, but that's true with everything in life!

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    Congrats!!! I'm excited for you!

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    Well done. Have loads of quilting fun.

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    Lucky you. I am envious. I bought a PC Quilter and a Baby Lock Quilters Pro for $1000 two years ago. DH said he would clean the garage so I could set it up. Well he still hasn't accomplished it and I am to stubborn to do it for him so I am putting it all up For Sale. I will also add I pay for quilting with his money. You'd think he would wise up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter41
    Lucky you. I am envious. I bought a PC Quilter and a Baby Lock Quilters Pro for $1000 two years ago. DH said he would clean the garage so I could set it up. Well he still hasn't accomplished it and I am to stubborn to do it for him so I am putting it all up For Sale. I will also add I pay for quilting with his money. You'd think he would wise up.
    I know exactly what you mean. My DH 'refused' to clean out some of his overwhelming amount of stuff in our home. There was literally no room for me or anything of mine. If there was 1/4" of space, he would find a way to fill it! I asked nicely, I asked not so nicely, I wheedled, I demanded, I used every approach I could think of to get him to clean it out. He had the best of intentions, but we all know what the road to hell is paved with, right? Nothing worked. His hobbies and collections seemed more important to him than making a little room in the house for me. That hurt.

    One approach that worked occasionally was for me to set a deadline for cleaning an area out, warn him that if it wasn't done by then, I would clean it out and I wouldn't be gentle with his treasures. Then I did it. Once I started, he joined in, even if it was only to save his 'stuff' from being tossed into the garbage. Then, of course, it was just a matter of time until he filled it up again...

    We went through a very tough period before he finally 'got' what I was trying to say to him - that his stuff was overwhelming me, making me feel unwelcome in my own home, and making me claustrophobic. I took some pretty drastic action to get him to understand, but in the end we worked it out, and we're both happy with the results.

    Now if it gets out of control, I think I will just tell him that I am going to call a 'clean out' company to deal with his 'stuff', make some calls, get some estimates, and then let him choose which one to use or to clean it out himself. I guarantee that he will choose to do the clean up himself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    YOu are a very lucky lady. Have fun adn quilt your yourself some wonderful quilts.
    Yes, I am a lucky lady. God has blessed me in so many ways!

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